As we truly enter the heart of the spring/summer season, with it comes the highly anticipated Spring Racing Carnival; a period of Spring-time frolicking that sees the who's who of Australia come together for one week of spectacles including world-class horse racing and the events that come with it.

Oh, and of course a chance to show off new and exciting looks as many enter the fashion stakes that is pertained to the Spring Racing Carnival.

As such, we thought it pertinent to discuss ways in which to dress ahead of the Melbourne race days which include Derby Day, the Melbourne Cup, Oaks Day, and Stakes Day. Naturally, Aquila will become a one-stop-shop for all your Spring Racing looks - here's how we can help.


The first race day of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is hectic to say the least, but it's a great way to kick off the week in style with your best black and white-themed getup.

Derby Day has long been associated with a strict dress code of Black and White, so sticking to this code is imperative. However, in saying that, there is slight room to play with this dress code to make it completely your own. In recent years, you will find gents have been donning dark grey/charcoal numbers which are perfectly fine (and gives light to more styling opportunities over the plain Black suit).

Our Suggestion: Pairing a black, grey or charcoal suit, such as the Lenox Black Blazer with a crisp White Shirt is a strong look, and finished with a stylish pair of black loafers, such as the Laurence Black will guarantee you a win in the fashion stakes this Derby Day.

When accessorising, it's important to keep it neutral on Derby Day; it's not the day to go all-out. Shop our range of premium accessories, such as ties, pocket chiefs and belts, ideal for complementing your Derby Day outfit this year.


The race that stops the nation. The Melbourne Cup the day to go all out with your suit outfit (within reason, of course) and to inject some colour and life into an appearance. Go bold and be confident, and let your inner sprezzatura reign.

Our Suggestion: Pair a rich navy blazer, such as the Bridges, which is made from a blend of wool and linen. Pair with a colourful shirt that will add that 'pop' of colour, such as the Piero which is Made in Italy from pure linen. Accessorise with a range of Ties and Pocket Squares, and finish with a pair of double monk strap dress shoes, such as the Whitmore Brandy.


A day specifically for the ladies, the guys may take a back-step from the limelight but it's never been a better time to show off some chivalry, and dressing for the occasion is the first step in doing so.

Pink is the colour of the day, so ensure that you add this to your outfit, however subtle it may be.

Our Suggestion:Take the Arezzo suit, for example. This made in Italy piece is a fantastic option for Oaks Day, as it features a subtle pink windowpane check running through the garment. You can pair the Arezzo with the Oscar and finish with a neutral tie, such as the Textured Tie and a pocket square, such as the Spiragraph which acts a good point of difference.


A day to show off a smart-casual look, Stakes Day is the most relaxed out of all racedays in the way that dress codes go. It's a family day, first and foremost, so ensure that your outfit matches the theme of the day. The colour of Stakes Day is red, so be sure to include a splash of red somewhere within your outfit.

Although casual in essence, it's still important to be well put together, and this means a solid suit, shirt, tie combination finished with a pair of loafers, for example.

Our Suggestion: Go for a linen or cotton blended suit, such as the Nichols in navy, which is woven in Italy. Go for a coloured shirt, such as the Piero in a fun watermelon colour, which is Made in Italy from pure linen; guaranteed to keep you cool. Finish with a contrasting pair of tan chinos, such as the Siena String chino. Opt for a pair of tassel loafers to finish, such as the Buxton